Slipstream Converts The Turbulence Of Flowing Water From 2D Drawings Into A 3D Sculpture
The beauty of water in motion is something that has captured the imaginations of many artists, from Katsushika Hokusai and his The Great Wave off Kanagawa to action sports filmmakers like Curt Morgan shooting one of the largest surfable waves in the world .
Architects at LA and New York based firm FreelandBuck have also been seduced by this aquatic force, turning the motion of crashing waves into a static sculpture. Inspired by Lebbeus Woods’ 2010 Slipstreaming drawings and Da Vinci’s attempts at explaining turbulence, FreelandBuck has created Slipstream, an installation that represents the violent interactions of moving water.
Interpreted from two dimensional digital line drawings, the work translates the lines into a three dimensional space using 1,800 seperate pieces of plywood held together by each other without the use of any other binders. The result is a brightly colored representation of the turbulence of water crashing into itself at various speeds.
In an interview with Archinect, they describe the sculpture as “a single digital drawing of two sets of vectors extruded through the Bridge Gallery in New York and cut away to produce a series of interrelated spaces.”
The work is currently being exhibited at the aforementioned BridgeGallery New York until August 24.